Beatrice Rana returns to Heinz Hall with Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto conducted by Manfred Honeck June 10, 11 and 12 after a rave review from the New York Times for her New York performance. She talks with Jim Cunningham about Tchaikovsky and what makes it always new, and discusses her recording with Antonia Pappano and the Santa Cecilia orchestra, her chamber music festival in Puglia Italy, studying at the Nino Rota Conservatory, Fellini movies, driving on Italian highways, her new Chopin cd and visiting the Three Rivers Arts Festival.
Sarah Aziz, Director of the Three Rivers Arts Festival, speaks with WQED-FM intern Flora Kelly about this year's arts festival, and what she loves most about the work that she does. The Three Rivers Arts Festival is taking place from Friday, June 3rd, through Sunday, June 12th in the cultural district of downtown Pittsburgh.
Jean Horne, long time Fanfare columnist for the Pittsburgh tribune Review and Chris Thompson, Mendelssohn Choir member, who discusses singing Poulenc and Dvorak with Manfred Honeck the weekend of the 10th of June.
Wayne Brinda of Prime Stage Theatre, and formerly Pittsburgh Playhouse Jr. sits down with John Robbins, WQED Intern, to discuss their new program, Prime Stage Sprouts. The new program opens with a production of The Amazing Lemonade Girl. This production is based on the real story of Alexandra Scott. She suffered from a rare disease but decided to not let that bring her down and she was able to help many kids just like her. The running of this show is June 16th-19th at the New Hazlett Theater.
Jennifer Orchard, Yeokyung Kim, Marylène Gingras-Roy and Charlie Powers play the Beethoven Quartet opus 59 No 2 allegretto live in the WQED-FM studio and talk about the Beethoven in our Neighborhood Library Project which takes them to Oakmont and the Carnegie Library on June 6 at 5:30. Their colleagues will continue to play the complete cycle of all the Beethoven Quartets in Carnegie Libraries though June 29.
Colin Aikins , tenor, presents his Senior Recital June 8 at 7pm in a free concert at Carnegie Hall in Oakland which he previews with Jim Cunningham. Colin is on to Juilliard in New York next year after completing his degree at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. He has invited soprano Sarah Fleiss to sing Monteverdi with him. She is also a singer from the vocal department at Curtis and also studies with Julia Faulkner of Chicago Lyric Opera.. Mezzo Soprano Alexandria Zallo will join in the program and the accompanist is Djordje Nesic pianist. Colin is a Central Catholic graduate who has won fans in western Pennsylvania including soprano Marianne Cornetti. He has performed at the Aspen Music Festival and in Europe at Salzburg, at Chautauqua, Las Vegas and other cities along the way winning multiple awards at prestigious competitions..The plan for the program is operatic dazzlers, favorite Italian songs by Tosti and Cole Porter at the end of the evening.